* 1953, currently based: Washington, DC, USA
Affiliated institution: School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University
Since the 1980s, multimedia artist, composer, writer and educator Randall Packer has worked at the intersection of interactive media, live performance, and networked art. He has received critical acclaim for his socially and politically infused critique of media culture, and has performed and exhibited at museums, theaters, and festivals internationally, including: NTT InterCommunication Center (Tokyo), ZKM Center for Art & Media (Karlsruhe), Walker Art Center, (Minneapolis), Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), The Kitchen (New York City), ZERO1 Biennial (San Jose), Transmediale Festival of Media (Berlin), and Theater Artaud (San Francisco). Packer is a writer and scholar in new media, most notably the co-editor of┬áMultimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality┬áand the author of his long running blog:┬áReportage from the Aesthetic Edge. He has written extensively for publications including: MIT Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, the Leonardo Journal for the Arts & Sciences, LINK, ART LIES, Hyperallergic, and Cambridge University Press. He holds an MFA and PhD in music composition and has taught multimedia at the University of California Berkeley, Maryland Institute College of Art, American University, California Institute of the Arts, Johns Hopkins University, The Museum of Modern Art, and most recently at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. At NTU, he is an Associate Professor of Networked Art where he founded and directs┬áthe┬áOpen Source Studio┬á(OSS) project, an educational initiative exploring collaborative online research and teaching in the media arts. At NTU, he organized┬áthe┬áArt of the Networked Practice | Online Symposium, a global event which featured participants from more than 40 countries around the world. Currently he is organizing the┬áThird Space Network┬á(3SN), an Internet broadcast channel for live media arts and creative dialogue.
2012 Established Open Source Studio
2011 Lecturer of Multimedia at the Johns Hopkins University
2008 Received the Artist Fellowship Award
2007 Received the Isadora Duncan Award for “Ballet Mori” (together with Ken Goldberg and Gregory T. Kuhn)
2004 - 2009 Assistant Professor of Multimedia in the Department of Art at the American University, Washington
2001 Established Washington’s "Virtual Government Agency" US Department of Art & Technology
1997 - 1999 Lecturer of Digital Media at the University of California, Berkeley
1995 - 1997 Director of the Multimedia Studies Program at the San Francisco State University (SFSU)
1988 PhD from the University of California, Berkeley
1988 Established Zakros InterArts (previously New Music Theatre)
1986 - 1988 Resident Composer at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM), Paris
1981 MFA from the California Institute of the Arts
1975 BS from the University of Oregon
1953 Born on January 23th in San Jose, California
George Ladd Prix de Paris
Resident Artist at the Nanyang Technological University School of Art, Singapore
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Packer, Randall and Ken Jordan. Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality. New York: W. W. Norton and Company Inc, 2002.
Davies, Char. »Changing Space: Virtual Reality as an Arena of Embodied Being.« In Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality, edited by Randall Packer and Ken Jordan, 293-300. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 2002.
Ascott, Roy. »Behaviourist Art and the Cybernetic Vision.« In Multimedia. From Wagner to Virtual Reality, edited by Randall Packer and Ken Jordan, 104-120. New York, London: W. W. Norton and Company, 2002.